Literary and Spiritual Excerpts

Invited by our good angel

The hour of meditation being come, we may imagine ourselves to be invited by our good angel or by some other saints to whom we are particularly devoted, to appear in the presence of God. ...

How shall there be a dawn of wisdom for him?

From Ramacaritmanas, by Tulsidas

Ramacaritmanas Rama is the Sun, the true Being, Consciousness, Bliss; him the night of Delusion touches not. He is the Fundamental Light, the Adorable: how shall there be a dawn of wisdom for him? Happiness ...

Which knowledge is the highest of all?

From A Bhakti Shorter Catechism

Question: Which knowledge is the highest of all? Answer: There is no knowledge but devotion to Krishna. Q: What is the highest glory in all types of glory? A: Being reputed to be Krishna’s devotee. ...

Consider and lay this truth to heart

From “The Living Dead” by Dadu Dayal

From “The Living Dead” Have done with pride and arrogance, conceit, envy, self-assertion; Practice humility, obedience; worship the Creator. When a man has abandoned false pride, arrogance, and vainglory, When he has become humble and ...

Espoused syncretism

“On God,” by Kabir

On God “Thou art That” is the preaching of the Upanishads; that is their message. Great is their reliance upon this; but how can they, however mighty, describe Him? Pandit, your thoughts are all untrue; ...

When shall I look upon my Lord?

“Waiting” With head on hand before my door, I sit and wait in vain. Along the road to Pandhari My heart and eyes I strain. When shall I look upon my Lord? When shall I ...

Message in Congress

Inasmuch as our greatest leaders have shown no doubt about God’s proper place in the American birthright, can we, in our day, dare do less?.... In no other place in the United States are there ...

Without entreaty you took me into your care

Prayer of Mary Ward O parent of parents, and friend of all friends, without entreaty you took me into your care and by degrees led me from all else that at length I might see ...

Militant in the communion of the church

After I came to years of discretion, by all the best means I could, to inform myself whether the religion of England were indeed the very same which being prefigured and prophesied in the Old ...

From all my foolish fancies now let me be free

Now all my days with joy I’ll fill Full to the brim, With all my heart to [Visnu] cling And only him. He will sweep utterly away All dole and care; And all in sunder ...

One must treat all opposites analogously

From the works of Ibn Hawshab al-Kufi

The Great and Exalted has a manifestation in His own form for all eternity in this world.... He has made a man noble with that form, and all the prophets and friends of God have ...

Evil is impossible for Him

Evil is impossible for Him because He has what deters Him from it; knowledge of evil; and He has no motive for the motive would be either the need (or the wisdom) of evil, both ...

To God the Father

Great God, within whose simple essence we Nothing but that which is thyself can find, When on thy self thou didst reflect thy mind, They thought was God which took the form of thee; And ...

“A Fourefould Meditation on the Foure Last Things”

Lo! here the look which Angels do admire! Lo! here the spring from whom all goodness flows! Lo! here the sight that men and saints desire! Lo! here the stalks on which our comfort grows! ...

From “The 94 Psalm”

Come let us rejoice unto the Lord. Let us make joy to God our Saviour. Let us approach to his presence in confession, and in psalms let us make joy unto him. Hail Mary full ...

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